COINS & BANKNOTES
Coins & Banknotes
English Milled Coins
English milled coins would cover the period c.1663 to the present (plus sundry earlier pressings such as Oliver Cromwell).
These include gold coins such as Guineas and Sovereigns, silver including Crowns and Shillings etc, and copper and bronze Pennies, Halfpennies and Farthings.
Condition is the most important aspect relating to a coin’s potential value. The condition is also known as the ‘grade’ of preservation. The grade of a coin can never be improved by cleaning so remember: Never clean coins if you think they might be of value to a collector.
English Cased & Proof Sets
This would primarily be coins and sets from the Royal Mint. The secondary market for Royal Mint commemorative coins and proof sets has greatly improved over recent years, especially for the most recent ‘black cased’ sets.
Some of the recent commemorative circulating issues have also become sought-after, causing several of the Brilliant Uncirculated sets to increase in price.
We also welcome the submission of Westminster, Pobjoy and other commemorative mint sets and collections for auction, or cash purchase appraisal
From historic world coins to modern currency, we are equipped to deal with the research and valuation of coins from anywhere in the world, any time period.
Especially popular are the coins of Spanish America, and the Dutch trading ports, salvaged from shipwrecked treasure hoards. Famous figures such as Napoleon Bonaparte can be found on the coins of France.
British Imperial coins of India and the Far East are keenly collected in their respective independent countries. American, Chinese and Russian coins are perhaps the strongest performing of all.
World Cased & Proof Sets
Commemorative and proof coins and sets have been issued by many countries around the world, and our own Royal Mint has received countless commissions from the Commonwealth and other nations.
We are always in the market to purchase or accept consignments of world commemorative coins, especially the gold and silver Panda coins of China
Banknotes are collected similarly to coins, with an eye for condition, but also an eye for the details unique to paper money. These being the intricacies of serial numbers, letters, and printing errors.
The handsome ‘White Fivers’ and others of the Bank of England represent true classics. Banknotes should be kept flat, in hard-backed envelopes or specialist acid-free sleeves.
A section of our bi-monthly auction is devoted to banknotes with clear scans shown for illustration.
Ancient / Roman
Ancient Greek and Roman coins have been collected for centuries. We devote a special section of our auction to coins of this period, richly illustrated to highlight the intricate designs of Gods and Goddesses, monuments and fantastic beasts.
Roman Imperial, Romano-British, and Iron-Age British ‘Celtic’ coins are often found in our local area, all being peoples who have thrived at various times in East Anglia.
Coins released to the finder and landowner by the British Museum Portable Antiquities Scheme will find an excellent outlet through our auction.
The medieval hammered coins of England and Europe were produced by hand-striking thin metal blanks of gold and silver between punched and engraved iron dies.
There is a near endless depth of historic value and importance to the numismatic record of this period, from the end of the Roman Empire, up to the early modern age and the transition to machine-pressed coinage.
We are based north of Ipswich, considered perhaps the first settlement of the Angles in Britain, and one of the heartlands of early English archaeology and metal-detecting. Coins released to the finder and landowner by the British Museum Portable Antiquities Scheme will find an excellent outlet through our auction.
Tokens & Exonumia
The 17th, 18th, and 19th Century tokens of Britain tell the story of our industrial, commercial and social history. Issued during shortages of official coinage, there are thousands of varieties, many of which very scarce.
British Commemorative Medallions come under the classification of Exonumia: Extra-numismatic, coin-like objects. Commemorating events throughout history, these have been produced as collector’s items and presentation pieces for hundreds of years.
We dedicate a special section of our bi-monthly auctions to Tokens and Exonumia.